“Do you like your job”?

cclogoAs an associate trainer with the Speakers Trust I have the opportunity to lead workshops –  which include a mixture of public speaking and financial education  - in local schools with 13/14 year olds. During the workshops the young people play a game which is to help them understand budgeting  and usually leads to some interesting discussions about how far monthly income goes. Last week I during one of those workshops one of the young lads looked at me thoughtfully and then asked ” Do you like your job”?  Out of the blue  - just like that.

I could answer him honestly that I love what I do ( most of the time…there are some admin aspects of what I do that I find dull but necessary) but I pointed out to him that I run my own business so it does not feel like a job to me.  I wonder if he will remember that conversation in a few years when he is making career choices for himself.

I am writing this on the day that has become known as “Blue Monday” – 21 January in 2013 – which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Apparently this idea came from an advertising campaign for a travel company but it has led to the usual headlines in the press and online just to rub it in.

For those people who found it hard to go back to work after the holidays because the really don’t like their job ( not because they had just loved the freedom of choice about how to spend their time that a break from work brings ) I am wondering how much better – or worse – it has become over the past couple of weeks.

There are layers of liking one’s job though. Some people thrive on the company they keep so their team mates might make a dull or uninspiring job bearable or even enjoyable. Others might have the boss from hell but find such meaning in what they are doing that they can overlook that. From time to time I hear of people who love fine details and working on their own and that’s what they do much to the bemusement of others who worry about them being isolated.

It’s quite hard to find someone who will say that they love their job without some sort of qualification – maybe an “if only”  or “if I could just change that bit” . When someone says that to me I will ask them to explore how they can make that small change that can make the big difference.  Over the years a significant number of  the clients who have worked with me as their coach who were looking to change their jobs stayed where they were but made important changes to either their role or – crucially – their attitude to what they were doing.  Accepting that a job might not be perfect is the first step to recognising what is good enough, what can be changed and what can’t.

So if you like your job – great news. If you don’t …what is the first thing you can do to change that? Get in touch to find out how I can help you.

You can find out more about the Financially Speaking programme I mention in the opening paragraph here 

A word about my logo – it symbolises how I work with clients by coming together at the right time for the right time to create a spark so that they can go off on their way in the right direction!

 

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  • http://www.rathmhor.com Campbell

    Jackie, thought provoking as ever!

    I _love_ my job, but then I am operating in a relatively new and certainly very exciting place as a freelance person in the coaching, training and professional development world. Had you asked me 6 mths ago the answer would be slightly different…and 3-4 years ago it may have been unprintable!

    Life is a blur right now, I have never felt so motivated in years, but why do I keep worrying that the bubble is going to burst sometime?

  • jackie

    Thanks for sharing Campbell..why not go along with the good feelings, remember to take time to reflect on what you are doing, noticing the interesting developments and getting to understand the challenges or things that didn’t go to plan. And I don’t know if it helps but your final comment is one that I hear regularly. Maybe you just need to recognise what the “bubble” is and look for things outside it?